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The cause of death of a Little Rock businessman whose skeletal remains were found on Petit Jean Mountain is expected to be released to law enforcement next week.

Cindy Moran at the Arkansas State Crime Lab told KTHV that the state medical examiner is finalizing the report on the death of John Glasgow.

Glasgow disappeared in January 2008. His skull was found March 11 by hikers in the park and other bone fragments and skeletal remains have since been located.

A bill designed to restart executions in the Arkansas by allowing an alternative lethal injection procedure and hiding the source of the drugs was endorsed by a Senate panel.

The Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs advanced the bill to the full Senate in a voice vote Tuesday. It would allow the Department of Correction to use a combination of three drugs or a barbiturate for executions. The agency would also be barred from releasing who makes or supplies the drugs.

Minors in the state can still face a life sentence without parole after a bill that sought to eliminate the option failed to pass the Arkansas House Thursday. Rep Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville) sponsored the bill. He explained that the Supreme Court recently overturned juvenile life without parole laws in the case of Miller vs. Alabama.

“Our state is currently out of compliance and therefore our laws are unconstitutional. So we must act,” he said.

An Arkansas House committee has supported a plan to help restart executions in the state by allowing different drugs to be used in lethal injections and to shield where those chemicals come from.

The House Judiciary Committee sent the bill to the House on a voice vote on Tuesday. It would allow the Department of Correction to either use a barbiturate or a combination of three drugs for executions. The agency would also be barred from releasing who makes or supplies the drugs.

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With the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling this past week declaring the state’s lethal injection procedures as constitutional, executions in Arkansas are set to move forward after a decade of being on hold.

Hurdles Remain To Resume Arkansas Death Penalty Process

Mar 23, 2015

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision upholding a 2013 lethal injection law clears a major hurdle to resuming the death penalty in a state that hasn't executed an inmate in a decade. But the path is by no means clear for capital punishment to make a return to Arkansas. A narrowly divided court overturned a Pulaski County judge's ruling that the Legislature's most-recent rewrite of Arkansas' execution law violated the state constitution by allowing the Correction Department to decide which barbiturate to use when putting inmates to death.

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Mayor Mark Stodola said in his annual "State of the City" address that juvenile crime will be a continuing challenge for Little Rock.

City Administrators and community members heard from Stodola inside the foyer of the new 12th street police station. He pointed to the new confines as one symbolic achievement of the last year.

“It also represents making good on a commitment, a comitment to public safety, a comitment to place, a comitment to our midtown neighborhoods south of Interstate 630,” he said.

 

A Crittenden County jury has ordered an ex-Russellville doctor to pay $122.5 million in a civil lawsuit for severely injuring the Arkansas medical board's chairman in a 2009 bombing.

Randeep Mann was convicted in 2010 for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and other charges following the bombing of Dr. Trent Pierce outside his home.

Pierce led the medical board when it revoked Mann's license to prescribe narcotics after he was suspected of overprescribing pain medications, leading to some patient deaths.

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds State's Lethal Injection Law

Mar 19, 2015

The right of the Arkansas Department of Correction to select a chemical used in executions does not violate state law or separation of powers, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for hiring his cousin to work in the treasurer's office and is reimbursing the state nearly $7,000 in salary his cousin was paid. Milligan and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the agreement Friday.

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